IPMA to Meet in California

Attendees crowd in to hear Howie Fenton’s presentation on the conference’s second day. In all, nearly 150 in-plant managers attended the conference this year.

James Mason (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas) and Jolene Gulizia (University of Nebraska Medical Center) listen to one of the speakers.

IPMA to Meet in California

It’s been many years since the In-Plant Printing & Mailing Association (IPMA) held its conference in California, but on June 2 that’s exactly where the world’s largest in-plant association will be. More than 100 managers from in-plants all over the country are expected to convene in San Mateo, near San Francisco, for the three-day event.

In addition to a packed vendor fair, the In-Print awards ceremony and endless networking opportunities, managers will get to choose from dozens of educational sessions. To be held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront June 2-6, the conference promises to be an action-packed affair. Each day will begin with an inspirational keynote address designed to give attendees ideas and motivate them to improve their in-plants.

  • On Monday, nationally acclaimed author and management expert Barry Maher will discuss real-world tactics for increasing productivity and job satisfaction.
  • Tuesday morning, Barb Pellow, group director at Info­Trends, will talk about how in-plants can make a difference and deliver results. She will share survey results showing how in-plants are differentiating their operations and offer strategies to help in-plants become the best possible service providers for their organizations.
  • On Wednesday, Howie Fenton, senior consultant with NAPL, will share how in-plants can benchmark and improve performance against industry leaders. He’ll discuss how to compile quantifiable customer satisfaction data and how to make a strong case for an in-plant’s intangible benefits.

If these topics aren’t timely enough, here’s a small sample of some of the other sessions and speakers on the agenda:

  • How to Create Performance Metrics and Pricing Strategies (Tim Hendrix, State of Oregon)
  • How to Weave Your In-plant into the Fabric of Your Organization (Staci Hill, Freese and Nichols)
  • Expand Your Market with Multiple Levels of Digital Color (Rex Brooker, Principal Financial Group)
  • Creation of a Five-year Copier/Printer Plan (Sylvia Marmon, City of Boise)
  • How to Replace Print Products with Digital Services (Steve Nelles, County of Ventura)
  • 10 Simple Steps for Building a Successful, Productive Team (Ellen Koch, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon)
  • How to Find the Hidden Dollars within Your In-plant (Debbie Pavletich, Briggs & Stratton)
  • Is High-speed Inkjet in Your In-plant’s Future? (Jimmy Vainstein and Les Barker, The World Bank)
  • A Look into the Future of Mail (Dave Pitts, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center)
  • From E-mail to Web Submission (Rocky Reynolds, Citrus College)
  • Innovative Ways to Build New Revenue Sources (Larry Clements, Redlands Community College)

After a full day of educational sessions, and evening activities like a boat cruise through San Francisco Bay, attendees can unwind at a nightly hospitality suite where they will have the opportunity to meet other in-plant managers who share their concerns. Don’t miss this year’s IPMA conference. Find out more at www.ipma.org

Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.

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